Belonging Tips #3

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In the third in the series, Gen Hall, our SoEd Belonging Lead, focuses on thoughts for building an online community.

In a recent New York Times article “The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online”, Kevin Roose makes some interesting points to consider:

  • If there is a silver lining in this crisis, it may be that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as it was always meant to be used: to connect with one another, share information and resources, and come up with collective solutions to urgent problems.
  • We are seeing an explosion of creativity as people try to use technology as a bridge across physical distances.  For example in Australia online choirs have sprung up such as the Aussie Pops Orchestra https://youtu.be/-Hc_1c_Ask0
  • If used the right way, digital tools can help to strengthen our real-world ties.  For example on Twitter there has been a huge amount of collaboration, support and sharing of resources between educators from every sector, both locally and internationally.

One Comment on “Belonging Tips #3”

  1. Thanks Gen

    For interested people there is an online choir at RMIT and in the past month membership has soared to over 150 members. Maybe we do want to stay connected after all!
    They are working towards an end of semester event .
    Staff may like to watch this to get an idea:
    https://www.google.com.au/amp/amp.abc.net.au/article/12080702

    Membership is available here:

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rmit-big-sing-thing-online-tickets-95339802917

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